Thankful Thoughts – Thankful for Solitude

thankful thoughts with thishappymom.comI had planned for today’s thankful thoughts to be on a different subject entirely. So much for planning.

I wanted to write something cute, in honor of Thanksgiving. I had planned to interview each of my boys and ask them what they were thankful for.

It would have been cute, because it almost certainly would have involved turtles, chocolate, and Legos.

Instead, I’m writing in solitude.

It’s a good thing, and I needed it.

A little over a week ago, I wrote about how I thought my head would explode for the noise and hectic unceasing “go” of the month.

Today, it’s different.

We’re camping. Not deer-lease camping, but honest to goodness state park camping. It’s cold enough to keep a campfire lit all day, but not cold enough to worry about anything freezing.

(if you’re worried about my comfort, stop. i slept on a real bed last night. i took a real shower. i have a potty that flushes. with the exception of no wifi, i’m all good.)

Last night, my husband and boys were busy watching the folks in the neighboring campsite make french fries. It involved some kind of propane fired contraption that heats up crisco.

(sadly, i see one of these in our future. i’m quite sure my husband has recovered from the kitty litter encrusted crisco disaster by now.)

So I sat, staring into the fire, until my mind found stillness. For the first time in over a month, I was able to live out “be still, and know that I am God.” As my mind stilled, I could finally hear God again.

(no, i don’t hear a big booming narrator voice from the sky. but i could hear Him in my heart.)

I could finally look around with wonder at the world around me. My prayer last night consisted of something beyond “Lord, help me find my car keys!”

And it felt good.

I could finally just think.

It wasn’t trying to think about what to blog about. It wasn’t thinking about my dinner plan for the week, the to-do list for the day, or the budget for the month. It wasn’t scheduling logistics, remodeling intricacies, or interpersonal dynamics. It was just… thinking… and listening.

And it felt good.

Today, I can write in silence.

The boys are all three down at the lake. They have grand plans for fishing, but I suspect at least two of them are throwing stuff in the water to make it splash. The RV is as clean and tidy as it will be. We’re heading in to town for lunch (in search of wifi). The only sounds are the tick of the clock, the click of the keyboard, and the occasional “boom” of a distant shotgun.

And it feels good.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://thishappymom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/DSC_0036.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination  for eggs, socks, and books.  She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family.  She serves an amazing God.   She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]

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I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. Silence sounds amazing right about now. Have a fun day of camping!

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